CK-45 transciever, developed by L3 Communications supports three
bands receive and C or Ku band for transmit, transferring up
to 45 mb/sec data rate. The system enables ground elements,
vehicular or dismounted, to share overhead imagery (sensor video)
on the move, from various airborne sensors, such as helicopters,
fighter aircraft and unmanned platforms. A rugged, manpack Rover
III system supports reception over three bands – C, L
and Ku, receiving sensor video and data from airborne sources.
When employed with an omni-directional antenna, the system weighs
only 12 lbs and can operate for 10 hours from a BA-5590 battery.
Rover III receives sensor data from the Predator, Shadow 2000,
Hunter, Fire Scout, Pointer, Dragon Eye and raven.
One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) is currently produced
in Block I configuration, offering receive only operating mode.
It is a small, portable receiver and display system integrating
live video and telemetry data from an array of manned and unmanned
aircraft systems, including Shadow, Predator, I- GNAT, Raven,
Pioneer, and Hunter. The system can receive and display video,
data, and annotated maps improving the field commander's situational
understanding and decision making process. Video data is received
with geo-location information. Video "footprint" and
icons can be used to identify aggressor units, vehicles, facilities,
and natural landscape features overlaid on a geo-location map,
enabling swift target identification, decision making, and response.
The basic system enables video reception within line of sight.
The system's extended-range antennas enable the OSRVT systems
to meet mission range requirements with reception up to 80 kilometers.
October 2006 AAI Corporation announced it will deliver to
the U.S. Army 51 remote video terminals (OSRVTs) and 38 extended-
range antennas at a cost of US$3.9 million. On November
13, 2006 L-3 Communications announced it began shipping
ROVER III data links. Follow-on systems, planned for FY08 and
beyond, will consist of Block 2 OSRVT versions which will also
enable active control of the payload. The Block 2 OSRVT will
be fielded initially to the Shadow UAV Platoons and could potentially
become the Ground Control equipment for the Small UAS.